Last-Minute Gift Ideas


Need some gifting ideas fast because you’ve left shopping to the very last second? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered! From small and thoughtful, to random and quirky, we have something for him, her and even the little ones.

Vouchers, Vouchers, Vouchers!

Possibly one of the easiest (and quickest) gifting options ever – vouchers! All you need to do is head to a store that your loved one adores, decide on the amount you want to spoil them with, swipe at the cashier and boom… cash on a voucher, ready to be used. You can take your pick from Yuppiechef (will be used online), Edgars Beauty, Sorbet, @Home, Woolworths – in fact, practically anywhere. Our suggestion is to buy a shopping centre gift card from their favourite mall, which will give them more variety from all the stores available in the centre.

Gift Sets

Another easy gifting quick fix is a gift set filled with a few things they love. Whether you’re looking for something for her or him, stop by The Body Shop, Sorbet, Dischem, Foschini Beauty or Clicks, to check out their bath, shaving, perfume, cologne and lotion gift sets. There is bound to be a set that screams their name!

Beautiful Stationery

You can never go wrong with beautiful stationery! This makes the perfect gift for practically everyone – for him and her to use at the office, the kids that are off to school and varsity students. And the one place that has some of the best stationery on the planet is Typo. Their items are trendy, vibrant and just too pretty for words. They offer everything from an assortment of pens (including the ones with cute characters and fans on the ends), notepads and phone covers to cute mugs, desk decor and quirky gadgets.

Quirky Gifts

Let’s face it, we all enjoy a quirky gift. The Gadget Shop has a few fun options that anyone will love, including LEGO Character Alarm clocks (Darth Vader, Superman and Yoda), fidget spinners, miniature desktop games, beer pong sets, a magnetic key target and funky neon lights. Visit a store near you to see what they have available.

Wine or Whiskey

If your loved one enjoys a glass of wine or whiskey to wine down in the evenings, then this is a great gifting option. There are also Jack Daniel’s Whiskey gifting sets, complete with a bottle of Jack and tumblers or even the last addition to the collection, which is infused with honey. Head to your nearest liquor store to see if you can find one, it’s perfect for any whiskey lover.

Refreshing Wixworth Gin

This Christmas, why not celebrate in a truly South African way by gifting the original Wixworth Gin? Every sip conjures up thoughts of vast South African landscapes, with scents of earthiness, the fresh dewy florals of the veld and the sun beaten aroma of steamy thatched roofs. Wixworth Gin is a sensory exploration through its subtle flavours and aromas that unmistakably represent South Africa and will be the timeless classic on your drinks table whether you’re bush, beach, city or mountain-based these holidays.

Perfume or Cologne

We did touch on this topic slightly in the gift set suggestion, but this deserves a special mention. Most of the time, people need a top-up of their favourite scent, so why not gift them with a refill or brand-new bottle of their favourite perfume or cologne? Not only is it thoughtful, but it’s easily accessible as you can get your hands on almost any perfume at Edgars Beauty, Truworths, Woolworths and Foschini beauty departments.

But What About The Kids?

Luckily for us, kids are delighted with almost any gift you get them. You can get a hamper full of sweets (speak to the parents first as they will have to deal with the resulting sugar rush), clothing with their favourite cartoon characters (Frozen and Ben 10 are favourites) and any toys that will keep them busy for hours. The Toy Kingdom and Toys ‘R Us have a wide variety. Chat to in-store advisers about what’s new and their recommended items for particular age groups.

And that’s a wrap. Happy Holidays!

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